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veneerman

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Does anyone have any experience with Japanese saws? Upside... Downside
 

SammyQ

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Excellent!!

I have two, a dozuki and a coarser, two sided ripper. Once you remember to oull, not push, they are SO easy tonuse, great finish, would unhesitatingly buy again. Replaceable blades are common.

Samuri Sam
 

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they are great.
so are western saws.
neither will make you cut in a straight line if you use them wrong.
 

AJB Temple

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I use both. I like Japanese tools. If I am doing serious ripping by hand, or heavy duty crosscuts in say an oak beam, western is faster for me. I like Japanese for precision work - the pull stroke feels very natural.
 

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I find it harder to cut square, compared to a backsaw. Then again, I'm not perfect with either. Maybe the fact that I played with my dad's carpentry tools 55 years ago means I'm more comfortable with traditional western saws.
 
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